Joanne is recognized internationally as an expert on therapeutic Swiss Ball applications. After graduating from the University of Colorado physical therapy school, she practiced in Switzerland for several years, working with pioneering therapists using the ball In 1980, while working at the University Orthopedic Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, she began lecturing on the therapeutic uses of the Swiss Ball. Since returning to the United States in the early 1980's, Ms. Mayer has taught at the University of Colorado Physical Therapy School, practiced as a physical therapist in various orthopedic and neurological settings, and has continued to lecture extensively in her area of expertise. In 1991, Ms. Mayer founded Ball Dynamics International to insure that there was an adequate supply of the finest quality physioballs for her students and customers. In 1993 she founded FitBALL and pioneered teaching the Ball Exercises to fitness professionals and physical education teachers at their state and national conventions.
Lindsay Ross has owned Body Dynamics, a fitness/Pilates studio in Boulder, Colorado, since 1990. She opened the studio after graduating from the University of Colorado where she studied Dance and Kinesiology. In the early years of her career, Lindsay was an ACE certified fitness instructor. She is now certified in Pilates through Polestar Education and has done extensive continuing education in biomechanics, scoliosis and corrective exercise. Lindsay started working with the ball in 1990 when she first started her studio as a tool for home exercise programs. In 1993, she teamed up with Joanne Posner-Mayer to develop the FitBALL program and was in the first fitness video using the ball, FitBALL®, The Balanced Workout. For several years, Lindsay traveled to fitness conventions to teach FitBALL classes to fitness professionals. In 1999, Lindsay and her business partner, Wendy McClure introduced the ball to the US Ski and Snowboarding Teams to use a core conditioning tool. Her love for using the ball is still evident in her practice. She teaches classes that utilize the ball and incorporates the ball for home exercise programs with her clients.
Recipient of the 1999 Can-Fit Pro's "Canadian Presenter of the Year", Cheryl Soleway is a physiotherapist, Nike Fit-Pro, ACE and Can-Fit Pro Certified "exercise specialist". Cheryl is the Master Educator for Ball Dynamics International (USA) and Incrediball Enterprises (Canada) as well as a functional fitness consultant for the Detroit Red Wing's rookie development and Master "SAQ-ologist" (speed-agility and quickness training) specializing in on and off-ice programs. Cheryl's unique expertise and user friendly style has made her a consistently popular presenter at Fitness Resources, Can Fit Pro and most recently IDEA Fitness and Personal Training Summits. Cheryl is a "teacher of teachers". Co-authored the FitBALL® Workout Guide and the FitBALL® Certification Manual, creator of FitBALL® Body Therapy, Lower and Upper Body Challenge and Cardio FitBALL®. www.soleway.com
Trish Scott has been actively involved with the fitness industry for the past 25 years as a certified personal trainer, weight trainer, fitness appraiser and training specialist. She is also a FitBALL Master Trainer and helps practitioners in her area design back care programs for their patients. She has also co-authored the FitBALL® Workout Guide and the FitBALL® Certification manual. Trish designed the program for the FitBALL® Back To Functional Movement video. Currently she is the president of Incrediball Enterprises Ltd. in Langley, British Columbia. www.incrediball.com
Taralyn Jensen-Jones is the owner of TJ Life Fitness, a small business that focuses on fitness and wellness coaching, motivational speaking, and selling exercise balls and other equipment to individuals, community groups, and organizations. She is also the Coordinated School Health Consultant at the Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education, assisting schools with creating healthier environments. Prior to her current positions, she worked for five years with the Colorado Physical Activity and Nutrition and Steps to a Healthier Colorado Programs through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Taralyn is a certified FitBALL® Master Trainer for FitBALL® USA and has made two videos titled FitBALL® 101: Exercises for Plus Size, Under Active Adults and FitBALL® Kids. She is a certified Weight Management Consultant through the American Council on Exercise, and also the Exercise Specialist for the Bariatric Surgery Program at Sky Ridge Medical Center. Taralyn worked at the American Heart Association in Denver for over six years, coordinating the community health education programs and annual women's expo, and was the keynote speaker for Go Red for Women events in Alaska and Oregon. Taralyn has been a group fitness instructor for over ten years and was a part-time faculty member at the Metropolitan State College of Denver for five years. As a degreed Adult Fitness & Exercise Science professional, Taralyn strives to spread wellness messages statewide in hopes of promoting healthier lifestyles for everyone!
Carol began studying meditation (Raja Yoga) as a youth in the mid 60's under the direction of her maternal grandmother and mentor, Ethel Bonnett of London, England (1890-1972). Completing her masters degree (with conditional acceptance to the Doctoral Program) in Sports Psychology, with a minor in Exercise Physiology. The bulk of Carol's studies have been centered around yoga and mind body fitness. Certified as a medical exercise specialist and yoga teacher, Carol is an International Yoga and Fitness Trainer, whose programs have been featured on television, radio and in newspapers. She has released three fitness videos, including FitBALL® Yoga, is the author of "Yoga On The Ball" as well as two yoga education publications.
Marc Coseo is a National Board Certified Acupuncturist, author, and former pro tennis player. After graduating from New England School of Acupuncture in 1987 and passing the National Boards, Coseo founded and directed the Sports Acupuncture Clinic in Danvers, Massachusetts. He developed the "Pressure Points" system for muscle relaxation and natural pain relief. He also authored a book titled "The Acupressure Warm-up" which was published by Paradigm Publications in 1992 and is still being sold today. In addition Marc has authored two acupuncture charts titled "Acupoints of Traditional Chinese Medicine" which are used by students and practitioners in Acupuncture, Massage, and Chiropractic Universities and Clinics throughout the world. Marc and BDI partnered to create the new FitBALL® Pressure Points Package. www.acupressureworks.com
Graduated from the PT school 1964, Germany. Licensed in USA since 1972. Over 40 years of clinical experience in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Iceland, USA. Special Training: NDT/Bobath London; Kaltenborn Manual Therapy; Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy in Germany. Certified Instructor of Functional Kinetics (S. Klein-Vogelbach) since 1984 Ms. Carriere is the author of "The Swiss ball" (1998) Springer Verlag, "Fitness for the pelvic floor" (2002), Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, New York, and "Beckenboden" (2003) Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, "The Pelvic Floor" (2005), and video "Functional Exercises for the Pelvic Floor" (1999).
Named by The International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as one of the "Elite Eleven" trainers in the country, Tommy Power has extensive experience in the fitness industry as a certified personal trainer, business consultant, public speaker, and writer.
He has conducted dozens of seminars including "The Solutions Seminar", created in 2001, which was followed by the first business symposium hosted by the ISSA in 2004.
He is cofounder of the first body to offer personal training certification in Eastern Europe, The International Wellness Institute of Budapest, Hungary. Tommy has served as Southern California Director for MET-Rx's, "World Best Personal Trainer Competition" and is a resident fitness expert on KABC Talk Radio's Spotlight on the Community.
Tommy leads seminars on marketing for personal trainers for the ISSA; his presentations continue to be an integral part of its continuing education program. His contribution to the field of fitness education, along with his multiple fitness certifications, have earned him the title of "Master of Fitness Sciences", a distinct honor reserved for less than 1% of the organization's 15,000 certified and enrolled trainers.
Australian Fitness Professional of the year 1999/2000 bridges the gap between health & fitness. Drawing from 15 years experience as a physiotherapist and fitness leader, Lisa has developed unique training programs incorporating health management and injury prevention in a series of specialized classes, videos and books. Lisa's videos focus on general fitness, athletic training, pregnancy and back care. She has created three popular FitBALL videos: FitBALL® All Round Workout, FitBALL® Roll Up to Unwind and FitBALL® Great Expectations. www.physicalbest.com
Colleen Craig, Certified Pilates Trainer and member of Playwrights Union of Canada.
Colleen received her B.A. (Creative Writing and English) from the University of British Columbia. Expanding on a decade of ballet training, Colleen did her full Pilates Certification with Moira Stott (Stott International Training and Certification Centre, Toronto) and then began to adapt Pilates' work to the exercise ball. Craig is the author of Pilates On the Ball, Abs On the Ball and Strength Training On the Ball and producer of Colleen Craig's On the Ball video. www.pilatesontheball.com
Jane Clapp created a distinctive fitness approach that addresses the specific challenges a desk worker faces. Her potent brew of training alchemy blends functional training, weight management, postural awareness and mind body work to proven effect.
Jane co-authored a book titled "Working on the Ball: A Simple Guide to Office Fitness" that takes the reader through a full day of exercises using a stability ball as a chair. It's the first guide to tackle the challenges of the office worker who wants to lose weight, get fit, improve posture and combat stress where we spend the most time the workplace.
Jane earned her bachelor of commerce degree specializing in Human Resource Management and later worked for large corporations in workplace health and safety, change management, employee wellness and training. Jane currently delivers leadership training at corporate wellness facilities. She has appeared on numerous television shows and in several national newspapers and magazines sharing her expertise and inspiration. www.urbanfitt.com
Kinesiologist, Certified Personal Trainer
Amir Nevo received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Amir is affiliated with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. He holds the prestigious Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification (NSCA) as well as the Professional Fitness and Lifestyle Consultant certification (CSEP), the highest exercise science certifications available from both of these international certifying bodies.
Amir has extensive experience in strength and conditioning with the general public as well as specific experience in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and working in a clinical work-hardening setting. As a PFLC, Amir is also highly trained in basic and advanced fitness testing. He is exceedingly sought after for both private client training as well as public speaking in a corporate environment on a variety of health and fitness-related topics, and can deliver all workshops and other services in both English and French.
Amir's fitness DVDs and e-books are available internationally. His 2005 DVD " I bought the Ball Now What?" is available from Ball Dynamics. Amir's website and products serve as excellent fitness resources for anyone interested in health, exercise, new fitness ideas, motivation and advice.
(Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner)
Get on the Ball Two DVD,
Osteoarthritis and Your Dog DVD
Dr. Debbie Saunders has been working with small animals for over sixteen years and has had her own business for over seven years. (Wizard of Paws) She has been teaching continuing education courses in the field for over ten years in the United States and internationally. She remains intricately involved in the Canine Certificate program in canine physical rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee. Dr. Saunders was also the first female in the country to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee.
One of her loves is working with and returning performance dogs to their activity. She has spent years analyzing the movement and gaits of thousands of dogs performing a variety of movement and has applied the knowledge to the treatment and identification of actual and potential problems. Many top dog handlers and professionals have sought her out for evaluations of their dogs. She continues to lecture to agility and canine athletic groups on injury prevention, movement, and identification of injuries. Contact her direct, for information on her Get on the Ball seminars.
Debbie began her physical therapy career with a Bachelor's of Science degree in physical therapy from Boston University. It was actually during her physical therapy education that she began to think about and combine her love for animals with the principles of physical therapy. Some of her professors even laughed at the idea of performing joint mobilizations on animals - little did they know! However, it was not until she continued on in the 'human' field of physical therapy that she seriously followed through with the combination of the fields.
She earned a Master of Science degree from Quinnipiac College in Orthopedic Physical Therapy with distinction and became board certified in orthopedic physical therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. These accomplishments in the human field only assisted in the carryover in the small animal world of rehabilitation. She recently received her doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee.
Fitness on the Ball Book co-author
FitBALL® Spokesperson for Active Aging
Having danced and exercised for most of her 70+ years, Joyce understands the true benefits that this activity can bring to overall health and well being. Observing the injuries that traditional dance and exercise can bring, Joyce felt she needed to seek out new and unique ways to achieve the benefits without the hazardous side effects.
Veterinarian, FitPAWS® Veterinary Technical Advisor